Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Miracle on the Hudson River

A flock of geese
Came flying by
While the plane
Was in the sky

Engines seized
They had to land
An experienced pilot
Was in command

Quite a sight
A floating plane
Filling with water
Few would complain

Fellow travelers
Eager to aide
Outside the plane
Everyone stayed

On a very cold
Winter's day
Huddled together
Many would pray

All were rescued
No one died
Boats came rushing
To their side

Into the river
The captain knew
How to land
They said, “thank you”

By, Randee Saber 1/17/09

NEW YORK - Federal investigators said Saturday that the right engine of US Airways Flight 1549 is still attached to the plane, contradicting their earlier statements that both engines broke off after the aircraft hit the water. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the water was so murky earlier that authorities couldn't see the right engine. "We're now looking for one engine, not two," Knudson said Saturday. The investigation played out as authorities released a frantic 911 call that captures the drama of the flight from almost the minute the ill-fated jetliner took off. A man from the Bronx called 911 at 3:29 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, three minutes after the plane took off. "Oh my God! It was a big plane. I heard a big boom just now. We looked up, and the plane came straight over us, and it was turning. Oh my God!" the caller said. Investigators began interviewing the pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, and his co-pilot for the first time Saturday, said NTSB spokeswoman Bridget Serchak. Sullenberger glided the crippled aircraft into the river on Thursday afternoon when he couldn't make a nearby airport, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.